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June 18, 2009    A road trip for the guys

For weeks I had been looking forward to spending the day with my Dad.  The plan was to turn on the golf game (Masters Tournament) coverage on TV and spend all day watching golf.  When I arrive in Arbuckle and got ESPN on the TV I discovered the golf match had been rained out.  Dad and I quickly devised an alternative for the day.  We decided to head into the hills to see if we could find where we used to go fishing – Stonyford, CA.  We turned Left at Maxwell and took the Maxwell Sites road until it became the Sites Ladoga road, then on to Stonyford.  On the way we passed Century Ranch, a place with some history (it was unchanged from 40 years ago).  From there we continued West to Fouts Springs and on towards the confluence of the South Fork of Stony Creek and the North Fork.  The destination was in the Mendocino National Forest; we wondered how far from Mendocino we were (quite a ways!).  The dirt road to the North Fork was too much for my car so we decided to declare the South Fork our destination.  On the way back we stopped at the Squaw Creek Inn for a burger and coke (burger and beer for Dad).

       



June 3-6, 2009:
 Our vacation to Sea Ranch started off with news that Greg and Hedda wouldn’t be joining us.  Greg phoned to tell us that he already paid for the house – so we should go ahead and use it.  We coordinated with Matt and Becky, then set off.


As usual, Linda looked up interesting places to visit on our way and discovered an interesting stop.  She found an on-line tack store that was located in Ukiah.  Since we were going right through Ukiah we gave Melissa Fishbach a call and arranged a visit. 
 
As you can see from my GPS photo above, the back road wound over hill and dale, then turned to dirt before opening onto a very pleasant country equestrian center.  We met Melissa, her two Friesians, older Lipizzan and her two young gypsy vanners. 

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Inside her interesting house we were amazed at the quality of bridles and horse tack.  I bought a great book by Philippe Karl and Linda bought some plastic spurs and bridle rosettes. 

Melissa, Linda and I chatted on and on about training techniques and the philosophy of riding (and so we were a little late getting to Sea Ranch).  As we left we declared Melissa to be a “kindred spirit” – one of our highest complements.  Melissa gave us directions to Highway 1 over back roads and we were on our way again.


After driving through Comptche we carried on to Gualala where we checked in with the rental agency.  Matt and Becky had already picked up the keys but because Matt’s cell phone didn’t work there we needed the address to find the house.  When we arrived we discovered a beautiful house with an entire wall of windows facing the ocean.

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After getting to our assigned rooms and unpacking we gathered around the dining table to reminisce about previous family gatherings at Sea Ranch.   The theme of reminiscence carried over throughout the vacation (here there be ghosts).  At sunset we gathered around to toast the coast also to toast Greg for renting our house.
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Thursday dawned foggy and overcast but we managed to get in a nice walk along the cliffs and I was able to photograph wild flowers.  Friday arrived quite fast; we decided to drive to Mendocino and Fort Bragg.  The trip to Fort Bragg allowed Linda to take a stroll on her favorite beach.  Saturday morning we were entertained by whales leaping out of the water.  Then as quick as it began, the vacation was over.

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June 2, 2009
AND the winner is:  

This picture was selected. for printing.
This is a picture of our living room wall where all the favorites hang.  We call it the wall of FAME. 




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